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List of notable or famous composers from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Russia and even some popular composers who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Russia is included when available.

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This historic composers from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Russia?" These prominent composers of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian composers.

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Aleksey Igudesman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
age 44 Aleksey Mikhailovich Igudesman is a Russian violinist, composer, conductor and actor. He performs in the duo Igudesman & Joo.

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Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 54 (1833-1887) Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin was a Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist. He was a member of the group of composers called The Five, who were dedicated to producing a specifically ...more

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Alexander Dargomyzhsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexander Dargomyzhsky Dec. at 56 (1813-1869) Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky was a 19th-century Russian composer. He bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of The Five and Pyotr ...more

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Alexander Gretchaninov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 92 (1864-1956) Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov was a Russian Romantic composer.

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Alexander Lokshin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 67 (1920-1987) Aleksandr Lazarevich Lokshin was a Russian composer of classical music. He was born on September 19, 1920, in the town of Biysk, in the Altai Region, Western Siberia, and died in Moscow on June ...more

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Alexander Mosolov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 73 (1900-1973) Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov was a significant Russian composer of the early Soviet era, known best for his early futurist piano sonatas, orchestral episodes, and vocal music. Mosolov studied ...more

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Alexander Raskatov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexander Raskatov age 65 Alexander Mikhailovich Raskatov is a Russian composer.

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Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915) Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language. ...more

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Alexander Serov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 51 (1820-1871) Alexander Nikolayevich Serov was a Russian composer and music critic. He is notable as one of the most important music critics in Russia during the 1850s and 1860s and as the most significant ...more

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Alexander Taneyev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexander Taneyev Dec. at 68 (1850-1918) Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev was a Russian state official and composer of the late Romantic era, specifically of the nationalist school. Among his better-known works were three string quartets, ...more

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Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandr... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov Dec. at 63 (1883-1946) Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov was a Russian Soviet composer, the founder of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who wrote the music for the national anthem of the Soviet Union, which, in 2000, became ...more

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Alexander Vertinsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Died at 68 (1889-1957) Alexander Nikolayevich Vertinsky was a Russian and Soviet artist, poet, singer, composer, cabaret artist and actor who exerted seminal influence on the Russian tradition of artistic singing.

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Alexander Vladimirovich Varlam... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexander Vladimirovich Varlamov Dec. at 86 (1904-1990) Aleksandr Varlamov was a Russian composer.

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Alexander Vustin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
age 74 Alexander Kuzmich Vustin, also Voustin or Wustin is a Russian composer.

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Alexander Zhurbin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
age 72 Alexander Zhurbin is a Russian composer whose music is widely performed all over the former Soviet Union, East Europe and West Europe, Canada and the United States. He composes in a wide range ...more

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Alexey Verstovsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Alexey Verstovsky Dec. at 63 (1799-1862) Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky was a Russian composer, musical bureaucrat and rival of Mikhail Glinka.

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Alfred Schnittke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 64 (1934-1998) Alfred Schnittke was a Soviet and Russian composer. Schnittke's early music shows the strong influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a polystylistic technique in works such as the epic ...more

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Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 59 (1855-1914) Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov or Liadov was a Russian composer, teacher and conductor.

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Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 94 (1888-1982) Anatoli Aleksandrov is a film score composer.

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Andrei Sychra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 77 (1773-1850) Andrei Osipovich Sychra was a Russian guitarist, composer and teacher, of Czech ancestry. Sychra holds a prominent position within Russia, where he is often referred to as the patriarch of the ...more

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Andrei Volkonsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 75 (1933-2008) Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.

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Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 45 (1861-1906) Anton Stepanovich Arensky, was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

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Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 65 (1829-1894) Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He was the elder ...more

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Arcady Dubensky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 76 (1890-1966)

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Boris Asafyev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 65 (1884-1949) B. V. Asafʹev is a composer.

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Boris Alexandrovich Tchaikovsk... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 71 (1925-1996) Boris Alexandrovich Tchaikovsky was a Soviet composer, born in Moscow, whose oeuvre includes orchestral works, chamber music and film music. He is considered as part of the second generation of ...more

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César Cui is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 83 (1835-1918) César Antonovich Cui was a Russian composer and music critic of French and Lithuanian descent. His profession was as an army officer and a teacher of fortifications, and his avocational ...more

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Constantin Bakaleinikoff is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 70 (1896-1966) Constantin Romanovich Bakaleinikov, or Bakaleinikoff was a Russian-born composer.

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Daniele Amfitheatrof is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 82 (1901-1983) Daniele Amfitheatrof was a Russian-born Italian-naturalised composer and conductor.

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Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 83 (1904-1987) Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky was a Russian composer. He helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading figures. He was a prolific composer of piano ...more

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Dmitri Capyrin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dmitri Capyrin age 58 Dmitri Capyrin is a Russian composer of contemporary classical music. He graduated from Lviv Conservatory in 1984. He lives in Moscow and works as a freelance composer. His music ...more

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975) Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

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Dmitry Bortniansky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dmitry Bortniansky Dec. at 74 (1751-1825) Dmytri Stepanovych Bortniansky was a Russian composer and conductor of Ukrainian origin. Bortniansky is best known today for his liturgical works and his prolific contributions to the genre of ...more

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Edison Denisov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 67 (1929-1996) Edison Vasilievich Denisov was a Russian composer in the so-called "Underground"—"Anti-Collectivist", "alternative" or "nonconformist" division of Soviet

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Eduard Artemyev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
age 80 Eduard Nikolaevich Artemyev PAR is a Russian composer of electronic music and film scores. Outside of Russia he is mostly known for his soundtracks for films such as Solaris, Siberiade, Stalker ...more

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Evgeny Agranovich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Evgeny Agranovich Dec. at 92 (1918-2010) Evgeny Danilovich Agranovich was a Russian poet and bard. He was an alumnus of the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute. Eugeny Agranovich wrote many popular Russian songs including ...more

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Evgeny Golubev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Evgeny Golubev Dec. at 78 (1910-1988) Evgeny Kirillovich Golubev was a Russian Soviet composer. Golubev was born and died in Moscow. He was taught by Nikolai Myaskovsky, and his students included Iosif Andriasov from 1958 till 1963, ...more

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Evgeny Svetlanov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 74 (1928-2002) Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov was a Russian conductor, composer and though less well-known, a pianist.

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Gavriil Popov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 68 (1904-1972) Gavriil Nikolayevich Popov was a Soviet Russian composer.

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Gennadi Podelsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Gennadi Podelsky Dec. at 56 (1927-1983) Gennadi Podelsky was a composer.

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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 66 (1906-1972) George Henry Sanders was an English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned more than 40 years. His upper-class English accent ...more

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Georgy Sviridov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov was a Soviet neoromantic composer.

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Igor Butman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
age 56 Igor Butman PAR is a jazz saxophonist born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1961. He is considered to be a virtuoso saxophonist, and a skilled bandleader. American saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. ...more

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Igor Krutoy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Igor Krutoy age 63 Igor Yakovlevich Krutoy (Russian: Игорь Яковлевич Крутой), born on July 29, 1954, is a Russian composer of Ukrainian descent, performer, producer and musical promoter.[1] Krutoy was awarded the ...more

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Igor Markevitch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 71 (1912-1983) Igor Borisovitch Markevitch was a Ukrainian-born composer and conductor who studied and worked in Paris, becoming a French citizen. He was commissioned in 1929 for a piano concerto by impresario ...more

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Igor Nikolayev is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Igor Nikolayev age 58 Igor Yuryevich Nikolayev is a Russian composer, singer and song-writer.

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971) Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more

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Ilya E. Kataev is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Ilya E. Kataev Dec. at 70 (1939-2009) Ilya E. Kataev was a composer.

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Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 101 (1888-1989) Irving Berlin was a Russian-born Jewish-American composer and lyricist. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history, his music forms a great part of the Great American ...more

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Isaak Dunayevsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Russia
Dec. at 55 (1900-1955) Isaak Osipovich Dunayevsky was a Soviet film composer and conductor of the 1930s and 1940s, who achieved huge success in music for operetta and film comedies, frequently working with the film ...more